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Archive for August, 2012

KOINĒ Reading Group every Wed.

Posted on: August 30th, 2012 by jfenno

Jesus at the House of Martha and Mary
Luke 10C; woodcut from the Doré Bible:

Interested in reading some of the New Testament, in the original Greek? Or are you just curious about the ancient text? If so, you are invited to our KOINĒ Reading Group, which meets Wednesdays at 4:30 pm in Bryant 006, the conference room on the ground floor. Consider yourself invited, once and for all times! The tentative plan is to meet every week at the same time and place.

Κοινή (Koinē) is the “common” or “universal” Greek in which the Christian Bible was written. Reading and learning the language of this text will be the focus of our meetings. Anyone interested in practicing his/her Greek is welcome to attend, whether as a novice or an expert. Copies of the text will be made available to those who do not yet have one. Special efforts will be made to explain the text to current students of Greek 101 and 201. We’re reading in Luke this term.

Nikos Xanthoulis lecture, 9/25, 5:00

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by mpranger

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis entitled “Ancient Sounds of Greece.”  Dr. Xanthoulis is an Associate Researcher at the University of Athens and the Head of Educational Programs for the Greek National Opera.  The lecture will be given Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00 in the Turner Center Auditorium. This lecture is presented by Classics Department and the Archaeological Institute of America.

Sonia Klinger lecture, 9/17, 3:00

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by mpranger

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Sonia Klinger entitled “Lost and Found: Votive Objects and Small Finds from the Sanctuary of Demeter at Ancient Corinth.”  Dr. Klinger is on the faculty of Art History at the University of Haifa, Israel.  The lecture will be given in Bryant 111 beginning at  3:00, Monday, September 17.

My Excellent Adventure, 9/5, 5:00

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by mpranger

Wednesday, September 5, starting ca 5 PM, our world-traveling Classics majors will report on their adventures during Spring and Summer 2012. The presentations will be
in Bryant Hall 111. Pizza and drinks in the Bryant Hall Gallery will follow the presentations. pizza will be served in the Gallery.

40 years of the Riace Bronzes

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by mpranger
One of the bronzes with divers who brought it out of the sea.

The warriors emerge from the sea.

The Riace bronzes were discovered August 16, 1972– 40 years ago today!  The classical Greek statues were spotted partly buried in the sand by a snorkeler, Stefano Mariottini, about 300 meters off the cost of Riace, near Reggio Calabria, Italy.  They came out of the sea four days later, and are housed in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, Italy.  Check the video below (a clip from the BBC’s How Art Made the World .  More Human than Human) for gushing praise of the bronzes from art historian Nigel Spivey.

Riace Bronzes (Bronzi di Riace) – YouTube.

Welcome back!

Posted on: August 12th, 2012 by mpranger
The globe in Bryant Hall

Back to Bryant from world travels!

We’re looking forward to seeing our students back in Bryant Hall as the Fall term begins!  Our new colleague Dr. Hilary Becker has joined us in Oxford, and we’re excited for another great year in Classics.  Estisne parati?